FORT WAYNE – Susanna Belle Bowers Ellinwood, Kewadin, Mich., died Aug. 23, 2014.
In 1951, she married Charles R. Ellinwood. She met Chuck and fell in love. Both were DePauw University graduates.
They have four children:  Cynthia (and spouse Leland) Ellinwood-Boyer, Fort Wayne; Philip K. (and spouse Gunita) Ellinwood, Campbell, Calif.; Steven P. (nd spouse Laura) Ellinwood, Fort Wayne; and Jill (and spouse Steven) Ellinwood, Baraboo Wis.; 10 grandchildren: Lesilyn (and spouse Joe), Paul (and spouse Abby), Nicholas, Alexander, Alexa (and spouse Aaron), Chase (and spouse Chelsea), Connor and Rian, Laura (and spouse Carey) and Lucas (and spouse Megan).
Chuck’s mother was an excellent pie baker and because Chuck is an excellent pie eater, she learned from her the ability to be an excellent pie baker in her own right. Her specialties included delicious lemon meringue, butterscotch, cherry and southern custard pies, much to the delight of her entire family. She shared her love of learning and keen intellect. She was a teacher to many. She taught in Fort Wayne Community Schools for 14 years and in the Warsaw Community Schools for eight years. Her teaching years were with elementary students. Later in her career she specialized in working with gifted elementary students. In retirement, she taught students for whom English was a second language.
She and her husband traveled in over 40 of the U.S. states and continued their travels in a global context.  They traveled to five continents. Many of the trips were work mission experiences. Her caring and open heart extended to students of many countries.  
From the relationships of that caring, four international students have become a part of the Ellinwood family: Gerard, Burundi/Oklahoma; Nancy, Zimbabwe/California; Rieko, Japan; and Nush, Thailand/Wisconsin. In retirement, she and her husband moved to live on Elk Lake in Michigan. They began vacationing on Elk Lake in 1956. Her favorite spot in the world was sitting on the wood swing on the shore of  Elk Lake.  
A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 13 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Ave., Fort Wayne.   
Calling is at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the church.
D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials to Sonrisas Siempre, a mission dental clinic in Honduras led by her son, Steven, or to Africa University for scholarships for students. On three occasions she joined the faculty of Africa University in their program of English as a Second Language. These gifts may be given through Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.
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